Kodiak's Indie Bookstore

Community inspired independent bookstore

Check Out the Brand New Islander Event Calendar 🎉

Scroll through the box below to discover the thrilling lineup of events slated for this winter season at The Islander Bookshop! In our updated event calendar, you'll come across author book signings, enticing pop-ups, and, by popular request, the return of workshops!

RSVP today and add the event to your personal calendar.

Three Times OUr Size!

All About the New Bookstore Location

We're moving from our tiny bookshop, just 900 square feet, to an incredibly exciting 3,000 square feet! Find out what this means for you! An indie bookstore experience tailored to highlighting our maritime community and a place you feel at home especially on rainy, windy Kodiak days. Anticipated opening - late October 2023. ✨

About the Islander

Find Your Next Great Novel or Gift at the Bookstore

How to Place a Special Order

1. Fill out this form

2. We will order the book for you. No pre-payment required and no shipping charges are passed on to you.

3. In about ten business days (weather dependent) receive a text when your book arrives.

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Reserve Your Ticket for The Islander's Grand Opening Party!

We're thrilled to have you here with us as we celebrate the grand opening of the new Islander Bookshop location in the Marketplace!

Your ticket is your passport to a wonderful night at the bookstore where you can indulge in delicious desserts and refreshing mocktails while experiencing the new Marketplace. We'll also give you a lively tour of the new bookstore, including the kitchen, workshop, and all the exciting behind-the-scenes events, workshops, author signings, and more that we have planned for this winter.

By buying a ticket, you're not just enjoying yourself, but you're also helping us move into our new space and expand our selection of books and goods for our community.

We're so appreciative of your support and we're thrilled that you're a part of The Islander's story. Thank you!


The Islander is Community Inspired & Supported

Workshops, Events, Author Book Signings, Book Clubs, and More!


218 Special Orders Placed Monthly

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22+ Local Artists and Authors Showcasing Their Talent & Creations

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Sell Your Gently Used Books

We are happy to announce that we are accepting used books once again for all ages and genres!

Please read the terms below prior to bringing in your books. Thank you for thinking of The Islander!

Used Book Process

Gift Cards

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It really is such a gift to witness my kids growing up in a town with a bookstore.

Aileen F.

A visit to The Islander Bookshop is a mini vacation for anyone who likes books and coffee. 

Nat N.

The pins are my first creative endeavor. It’s been such a point of pride that they have been in the book store! 

Jaclyn C. Local Artist

Giving Back To Our COmmunity

Kodiak Kindness Project

We Don't Just Care About Books.

We care about you, and about creating a space in our community which inspires connecting with our friends and neighbors through favorite books and gifts.

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Bookshop: Purchase and have the books delivered straight from the warehouse to your address. Your Kodiak indie bookstore will receive a share of the sale thanks to the American Book Association which put this resource together for us. The warehouse can ship to anywhere in the U.S.! Unfortunately Islander gift cards do not work on Bookshop.org. Message if you would like to transfer a gift card tor bookshop.org

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Our Story

Find Out More About This Indie Bookstore By The Sea

Melissa Haffeman, Founder and Co-Owner opened The Islander Bookshop three months before the pandemic. With the overwhelming support from Kodiak's community, this indie bookstore continued to thrive through adversity. Read more and learn how you can apply the hard lessons learned to your small business.

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Homeschool Families - We're an IDEA Vendor

The Islander Bookshop is a vendor with IDEA. Please let us know that you are an IDEA Homeschool family and we can bill IDEA directly for all of your books and educational material for homeschool!

Bookstore Hours

Located at 1315 Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, AK 99615

Next to the KVOK Radio Station and Northwoods Massage.

Open Hours:

Monday - Saturday 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Sunday 12 PM - 6:30 PM